Valve has announced that DotA 2, or Defense of the Ancients 2, will be free-to-play, but there will be some twists involved. One such twist could be benefits given to gamers that are deemed "valuable" to the community.
Head of Valve Gabe Newell did not get into specifics, but did say that those who are "valuable" may receive special treatment. How does one become valuable? Newell mentioned that players who help out novices would be amongst those considered.
"We're trying to figure out ways so that people who are more valuable to everybody else [are] recognized and accommodated," said Newell. One of Newell's ideas for limiting 'trolls' was to force players who have a nasty history of insulting everyone to pay full price for the game and perhaps pay an extra $100 in order to use voice chat.
Defense of the Ancients 2's release date has not been specified, but hopefully we'll be getting a release date soon.
Source: Seven Day Cool Down